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Picasso, Chanel

Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum / Madrid / Art

“He was wicked,” said Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. “He fascinated me the way a hawk would; he filled me with a terrible fear. I would feel it when he came in: something would curl up inside me: he’d arrived. I couldn’t see him yet but already I knew he was in the room.” She was talking about Pablo Picasso. In turn, he felt she had far more good sense than other woman. The two met in the spring of 1917 and became fast friends (perhaps more, for a time). As artist and designer they worked together on two theatrical productions, both with Jean Cocteau: Antigone (1922), and the Diaghilev ballet Le Train Bleu (1924). The pair come together once again in this exhibition, which explores their artistic and personal relationship. —C.M.

Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum Paseo del Prado, 8, 28014 Madrid, Spain
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